Transition of Temporary Nurse Aides to CNAs Under Discussion
The Department of Health (DOH) is consulting with LeadingAge NY and other associations concerning the requirements that will be applied to temporary nurse aides (TNAs) who seek to become certified nurse aides (CNAs) once the 1135 waiver expires and they are no longer permitted to work without certification. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has signaled that the 1135 waiver will be terminated when the public health emergency is discontinued, which could be as early as this summer. Once the waiver is terminated, according to CMS, the TNAs will be required to obtain their certification within four months, in order to continue performing the duties of a CNA.
LeadingAge NY and the other associations are discussing with DOH the credit that should be conferred on TNAs for the training they have already completed and clinical experience they have gained as TNAs. LeadingAge NY appreciates the responses of the members to our TNA survey and is using the data gathered to frame its input into these discussions. The Department is also working to ensure that Prometric Nurse Aide Training Program (NATP) tests are administered promptly when requested. Facilities that are experiencing delays in securing the Prometric test should contact DOH here.
Contact: Karen Lipson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-867-8838